Local and State News

9:33am

Tue January 14, 2014
Local and State News

City, County Settle NM 'Anal Probe' Lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A city and county in southern New Mexico have settled a lawsuit filed by a man taken to two hospitals and subjected to anal probes over suspicion of hiding drugs.

Attorneys for David Eckert said yesterday that Hidalgo County and the city of Deming recently settled their portion of a lawsuit for a total of $1.6 million.

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10:37am

Mon January 13, 2014
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New Animal Shelter Opens in Farmington

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The city of Farmington now has a new and bigger shelter to house dogs and cats in need of homes.

The Daily Times reports Mayor Tommy Roberts officially opened the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter in a ribbon ceremony.

Roberts told a crowd of about 40 people on Friday that the building would help transition Farmington from being an animal control community to an animal welfare community.

Shelter workers say the 14,542-square-foot space will be able to hold 358 animals.

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10:36am

Mon January 13, 2014
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NM County Clerk Gives to Gay Marriage Campaign

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico county clerk who faced a lawsuit for issuing same-sex marriage licenses is donating the rest of his defense fund to a pro-gay marriage campaign.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins plans to give the money to New Mexico Unites for Marriage Equality.

Ellins, who announced his decision Friday, says a few thousand dollars are left.

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10:34am

Mon January 13, 2014
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Sheriffs Opposing Proposed NM Monument

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of border sheriffs is opposing a plan to designate scenic mountainous areas in Dona Ana County as a federal monument.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that in a letter to New Mexico's two Democratic senators, Dona Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison says the group believes plan will leave the land vulnerable to illegal activity.

U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall have introduced legislation that calls for designating about 780 square miles near Las Cruces as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.

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10:33am

Mon January 13, 2014
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Doctor Shortage in NM Expected To Worsen

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials say the state is facing its worst shortage of primary care providers at a time when thousands are expected to enroll in state and federal health insurance exchanges.

The Associated Press reports that the federal government has designated every county statewide, except one, as having a shortage.

The latest figures show the state has 1,429 active primary physicians but another 219 are needed, based on the population.

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10:31am

Mon January 13, 2014
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Albuquerque Water Use Drops To 30-Year Low

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says Albuquerque water use dropped seven percent last year amid an ongoing drought.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority says the percentage was the biggest one-year drop since 1997.

Officials say the community's total water use for the year, 32 billion gallons, was the lowest for the metro area since 1983. That comes despite the fact that the population in the utility's service area has grown 70 percent in the two decades since.

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1:35pm

Wed January 8, 2014
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Homeless Man Gets Prison for Robbing A Bank in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A homeless man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for robbing an Albuquerque bank last March.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Sheldon David Weisman received a 51-month prison term yesterday.

Weisman was arrested March 15 on a criminal complaint alleging he robbed a Wells Fargo Bank branch earlier that day.

Authorities say Weisman entered the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money.

Weisman left with a bag of cash and a bank employee saw him drive away in a vehicle with a Texas license plate.

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1:33pm

Wed January 8, 2014
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NM Couple Get Probation for Casino Embezzlement

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Rancho couple has been sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay nearly $75,000 in restitution for embezzling money from a New Mexico casino.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old John Hoffman and his wife, Michelle Fischer, were sentenced yesterday.

Hoffman pleaded guilty in March to a charge of embezzling money from the Santa Ana Star Casino.

At the time, Hoffman worked in the casino's marketing department.

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1:32pm

Wed January 8, 2014
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NMED Hearing Officer: Deny Permit To Horse Plant

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A hearing officer is recommending that the New Mexico Environment Department deny a wastewater permit for a Roswell company that wants to slaughter horses.

The hearing officer cited what she called the company's record of "willful disregard" of the state's environmental laws.

Valley Meat Co. and the groups trying to block its opening now have 15 days to respond to the report before the environment secretary decides whether to renew the company's permit. The permit doesn't impact whether Valley can slaughter horses, but rather how it disposes of waste.

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1:31pm

Wed January 8, 2014
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Man Barricaded in NM Home Dies After Long Standoff

MORIARTY, N.M. (AP) — A man who has barricaded himself in a home outside the small community of Moriarty and shot at law enforcement officers and a police helicopter is dead.

Torrance County Sheriff's officials confirmed the death last night, but it's still unclear if he was shot by authorities or took his own life.

The man's name hasn't been released yet.

Deputies had cordoned off the rural area with the help of New Mexico State Police after the standoff started yesterday afternoon.

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1:47pm

Tue January 7, 2014
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BLM to Prepare Plan for Rio Grande Del Norte

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials are taking initial steps to develop a management plan for one of New Mexico's newest national monuments.

The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument was designated by presidential proclamation last March. It covers nearly 380 square miles in northern New Mexico.

The Bureau of Land Management says it will be accepting public comments through Feb. 18. The agency is looking for suggestions on what issues and concerns it should consider as it develops the plan.

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1:46pm

Tue January 7, 2014
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Deteriorating Kirtland School Gets $16.5 Million

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham says a deteriorating school on Albuquerque's Kirtland Air Force Base is getting much needed help.

The Democrat announced Monday that Wherry Elementary School is getting a $16.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment.

The school was ranked 11th on the deputy secretary of defense's priority list for public schools on military installations that need improvement.

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1:45pm

Tue January 7, 2014
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Senate Gets Martinez Nomination for US Post

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Barack Obama's nomination of a federal prosecutor to be the next U.S. attorney for New Mexico is now pending in the U.S. Senate.

The previously announced selection of Albuquerque native Damon Martinez is included among numerous Obama nominations that the White House announced Monday.

The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced Obama's selection of Damon Martinez in November. The two had recommended Martinez for the post in April.

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1:44pm

Tue January 7, 2014
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New Mexico State Fair Records Decrease in Revenue

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attendance at the New Mexico State Fair was down and so was revenue.

Unaudited figures provided by Expo New Mexico's chief financial officer indicate that revenues totaled $4.7 million during the Sept. 1-22 fair.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, that compares with $5.2 million during the 2012 fair.

Year-to-year attendance dropped 4 percent.

Fair manager Dan Mourning says the 2013 fair was hampered by record rainfall during the beginning of the 12-day run.

8:18am

Fri January 3, 2014
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Settlement Reached in Albuquerque Police Case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque has settled two lawsuits that alleged three people were mistreated during alleged "secret" arrests.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the $150,000 settlement was reached in connection with 2010 detentions of a woman and her two adult sons. They were detained during an investigation into an officer-involved shooting of a suspect in a 2008 shooting.

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8:17am

Fri January 3, 2014
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Racino Lawsuit Accuses NM Commission Of 'Sabotage'

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Raton company has filed a lawsuit accusing the New Mexico Racing Commission of working to "sabotage" its plans for a $50 million racino in favor of a rival casino operator.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says commissioners let the license for La Mesa Racetrack and Casino expire after the project faced a number of delays. The lawsuit also accused former commissioner Marty Cope of intentionally blocking the racino project because she was a friend of a rival.

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8:16am

Fri January 3, 2014
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Las Cruces Woman Is Accused of Aggravated DWI

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces woman is in custody for allegedly driving while impaired and running over someone following an argument.

Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 33-year-old Rachel Miranda is being held on suspicion of aggravated DWI.

They say their investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene in the early morning hours of Jan. 1 after receiving a call that a woman had been hit by a car.

Authorities say Miranda allegedly got into a physical altercation with a 39-year-old woman.

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8:15am

Fri January 3, 2014
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1 Dead After Home Invasion in Las Cruces Area

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Dona Ana County authorities say a man is dead, another hospitalized and two others in jail following a home invasion in the Las Cruces area.

The Sheriff's Department says four men forced their way into a home early Wednesday because of what's called an "unresolved issue" from an earlier altercation New Year's Eve in Las Cruces.

Investigators say the man at the house fought back when the four men entered the home and that a person in the home called 911.

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8:14am

Fri January 3, 2014
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Lost Family Found in Santa Fe National Forest

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe-area woman and her three young children were found in good condition after they got lost in the Santa Fe National Forest.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Denise Lee and her children ended up several miles off course after they got turned around during their outing Wednesday afternoon on the Bear Wallow Trail.

State Police and Atalaya Search and Rescue responded to a call for help, and searchers found the family about two hours later Wednesday evening.

Lee is a daughter of Santa Fe Public Schools board president Linda Trujillo.

11:08am

Sun December 29, 2013
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Rio Rancho Police Investigate Suspicious Death

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A busy highway was closed for several hours yesterday as Rio Rancho police investigated a suspicious death.

Highway 528 between Barbara Loop and Hilltop Plaza was closed after authorities received a report of a man lying in the road around 7:30 in the morning. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

Officer Janet Garcia says the man sustained some type of trauma to his body, but investigators are trying to figure out exactly what happened.

The man's name has not been released.

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